In order to address the challenges of rapid urbanisation and ensure climate resilient master plan, the Kerala government is planning to revise the Town and Country Planning Act (KTCPA), 2016, soon. An eight-member State-level committee has been formed to look after the changes required in KTCPA, including the guidelines for expenditure, planning, and budgeting. Additionally, it will also make amendments to the regulations pertinent to investment by local bodies. The said committee will be headed by the Additional Chief Secretary from the local self-government department.
Other than this, a sub-working committee comprising of 12 members will also be constituted to support the main team. This committee will further be facilitated by urban planners and other specialists.
As per the officials of the town planning department, the said changes are aimed towards addressing the inconsistencies in the existing system. Further, the officials opine that there is a need to plan the urban areas in order to withstand the impact of high-intensity floods and other sudden calamities. The sub-committee will submit its recommendations to the main committee by July 31, 2019 post which, the committee will finalise the draft guidelines along with the draft action plan by December 2019.
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